On Saturday, Huddersfield Town face Brentford, a team nine places and eight points above them in the Championship.

But the two have remarkably similar records - except in the goals scored column.

Defensively, the numbers are almost identical. Both the Terriers and the Bees have conceded 30 goals apiece and recorded four clean sheets in the Championship so far this term.

As a team, Huddersfield have won 73.4% of their tackles - Brentford 72.4%.

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Even when it comes to passing there are few hairs to split Saturday's opponents, with Town coming in at 76.3% success in that area compared with 76.7%.

While David Wagner's men have had greater success with crossing that their London-based counterparts, Brentford have done better when dribbling.

However, while Town are trying to scamble away from the relegation places, Brentford are comfortable in midtable and will be looking for a spring towards the play-off spots, and the simple reason is goals.

The Bees have scored 30 times to Huddersfield's 22, and given they've only taken an extra 20 shots to it, Dean Smith's side have clearly made more of the chances they have created than Town.

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Star man Alan Judge is a big reason behind the numbers. He has shone on the left, right, or in the centre this season, leads the team in both goals and assists, and has been directly involved in exactly half of Brentford's strikes this term.

In fact, no player in England's top four tiers has more assists than the Bees' Mr Creative since the start of the 2014/15 season and is the Championship's top performer statistically, per WhoScored.

The 27-year-old is handy with set pieces too, and if they are to leave with all three points intact then Huddersfield will have to defend the dead ball better than they did against Bristol City last weekend , when they conceded twice from very similar free kicks.

Brentford have scored seven of their goals from set piece situations so far this term, so diving into tackles in dangerous areas should carry a big red warning flag.

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On the other hand, Town have only failed to score once in Wagner's first five games as manager, and both teams have scored in five of Brentford's last six league games.

History also favours the travelling Terriers, who have won four of the last six league meetings between these two sides and have scored in each one. Both goalkeepers may be in for a busy afternoon.

It could also be interesting to see how Wagner responds to Brentford's possession based style, with the Bees enjoying an average of 55% of the ball this season, one of the league's highest. However, they've also seen success on the counter and enjoy building down the wings.

It all adds up to a fascinating encounter in the capital as the December fixtures continue apace.